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Michael Thomas
  • Hot Springs National Park, AR
  • United States
  • Photography
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Question about Application Deadlines

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Apr 17. 19 Replies

Hi Folks. Newbie here who is planning to begin doing shows in 2018. I am looking for a listing of the art shows organized by application deadline dates. I have looked at the ArtFairCalendar site and…Continue

Living in RV/Travel Trailer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Thomas Apr 17. 26 Replies

Hello Art Show Folks,I have been through some major life changes recently. As a result, I have decided to make the plunge and venture out to the art fair world to sell my photography. I am working…Continue

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Michael Thomas commented on Jim Sincock's blog post Moving on to color
"First off, Jim, this is a stunning photo! It's the kind of shot from which a writer could be inspired to write an entire novel. I'm in awe of your work! Secondly, I am reading through this conversation with great interest as I am planning…"
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Michael Thomas commented on Alli Farkas's blog post I won the perfect prize, from the perfect sponsor!
"I am excited to have won the "E's of Selling Art" workbook and flash cards. This will be so helpful as I begin my venture into selling my photography at art fairs in the near future. I can't wait to get into these resources!…"
May 28
Connie Mettler left a comment for Michael Thomas
"So glad to be of help to you, Michael. Actually, just about every question about this business is answered somewhere on this site. We've been asking and answering for over 8 years ... hope to meet you someday."
Apr 19
Larry Sohn left a comment for Michael Thomas
"Good morning Michael Sorry I just saw your friend request. Pleasure discussing your new proposed adventure, with you. Motorhome / trailer, enabling you to travel, explore without the time constraints of getting to airports, hotels or back…"
Apr 19
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"WOOHOO! Didn't mean to hijack the thread, just couldn't resist. WOOHOO!"
Apr 17
Michael Thomas replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Oh wow, Barrie! I passed that display every day when I would walk to school at Central Jr. High (the old high school). It's great to make a connection to another Arkansan!"
Apr 17
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"You are in Hot Springs, AR? I was born in Pine Bluff (1965) and lived in Little Rock from 1970 until USMC 1984-88 and Desert storm 1991, and then moving to Wyoming in 1994. You recognize this scene/storefront? The HAIR is Human Hair Gelatin-silver…"
Apr 17
Michael Thomas replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Thanks Barrie for your insights and the Hot Tip! I am soaking up all the information I am gleaning from the forums to help sharpen my business plan and hopefully avoid some dumb mistakes that I could avoid by listening to some of the seasoned…"
Apr 17
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"All of that can be seen in the Events Calendar tab on zapp. If you are researching shows in November 2017, just go to the November 2017 Events Calendar page and look at the shows there. For instance, the first weekend an Event Start says Great…"
Apr 17
Michael Thomas replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Connie, I am in the unique situation that I am working in Saudi Arabia at the moment and won't be back into the US until December. That is when I will first get chance to acquire my tent, set it up, produce framed and/or matted prints, fill the…"
Apr 17
Michael Thomas replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"My situation may be a bit unique. The idea of "local" will really not apply to me because I will be living from my RV with no particular location considered "home." If I get started in the winter time, I may opt for starting out…"
Apr 17
Connie Mettler replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"But Michael, none of the 2018 shows have deadlines that are passed. They're still all open, or not even opened yet. You are smart to be looking this far out. So many times new people to the business think they can "sign up" a few…"
Apr 17
Larry Berman replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Doesn't matter how they take applications. How far are you willing to travel initially?Larry Berman"
Apr 17
Michael Thomas replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Just curious...when you say "start locally," are you talking about shows that would be listed in Zapp, JAS, Art Fair Calendar, etc? Or, are you talking about small venues that don't use these nationwide listing systems? "
Apr 17
Larry Berman replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Sounds like you need to start locally to get your feet wet. Look for shows near you and check if they've closed.Larry Berman"
Apr 17
Michael Thomas replied to Michael Thomas's discussion Question about Application Deadlines
"Good question, Connie. Here is my reasoning. I have yet to apply to any shows. I will put my portfolio together on Zapp and get my booth picture worked out and on Zapp. Now, I am ready to look for shows. Well, as of the day I am ready to begin…"
Apr 17

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Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
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First show ever
I haven't participated in a show yet, but am considering doing so.
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http://mbthomasphotography.com
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I found it through a Google search for art fair information.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I did not pick up a "serious" camera until I was 50 year old.

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At 9:03am on February 24, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Michael,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining us and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks and best of luck as you move forward.

At 3:28pm on February 25, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Michael. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.
Check out our code of conduct to understand the rules of the site.

Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

At 9:02am on April 19, 2017, Larry Sohn said…

Good morning Michael

Sorry I just saw your friend request.

Pleasure discussing your new proposed adventure, with you. Motorhome / trailer, enabling you to travel, explore without the time constraints of getting to airports, hotels or back "home" will open up paths you might have never known. May these paths bring you to unfound wonders.

Larry

At 4:27pm on April 19, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

So glad to be of help to you, Michael. Actually, just about every question about this business is answered somewhere on this site. We've been asking and answering for over 8 years ... hope to meet you someday.

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